Category Archives: Let’s Talk Trash

Let’s Talk Trash: 11 ways to have a green Christmas

Each year, Americans generate an extra 25 million tons of garbage during the holiday season. One of the biggest culprits? Christmas. With all the wrapping paper, cards, ribbon, and bags, there’s definitely room to improve our environmental footprint during the holidays. Here are 11 ways to have a green Christmas: Recycle your wrapping paper After…

Let’s Talk Trash: How to Have a Green Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving this week, we’d like to remind everyone of a few recycling guidelines for materials you’re likely to come across during the holiday. Paper or Styrofoam plates Styrofoam is never recyclable at Muncie Sanitary District. Paper plates cause contamination to recycling batches and are therefore not recyclable through MSD. Please place all disposable plates…

Let’s Talk Trash: Upcycled Thanksgiving Crafts

Before recycling something, it’s best to see if there are ways we can repurpose the item to extend its life. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, what better way to upcycle common household items than by turning them into practical decor pieces for the holiday? Here are three simple projects you can take on—and you can even…

Let’s Talk Trash: Put a Lid on It

Have you ever gone to recycle a jar or bottle and, at the last minute, wonder whether you should keep the lid on or off? You’re not alone. Recycling “rules” have been known to change over the years, so it can be hard to keep up sometimes. In fact, this issue of not knowing whether…

Let’s Talk Trash: “Wish”cycling

You’re cleaning up after dinner and come across an empty bag of frozen veggies. You go to throw it away, but you stop just before tossing it in the bin. Is this recyclable? After all, it is plastic, you think to yourself. Now you’re torn—do you send it to the landfill, or do you cross…

Let’s Talk Trash: Reusable Alternatives for Non-Recyclable Materials 

If you’ve been following along with the Let’s Talk Trash blog, you’ve learned a lot about the importance of recycling and which materials can or can’t be recycled. However, sometimes it can be more beneficial to reduce the amount of materials you use on a daily basis. We’ve put together a list of reusable alternatives…

Let’s Talk Trash: The Journey of Your Blue Bag

Have you ever wondered about the journey your blue bag goes on—from the time you get it to when your recyclables are ready to be made into new products? Follow along to learn more about the journey of your recyclable materials through Muncie Sanitary District.   1. Receive blue bag coupons in the mail and…

Let’s Talk Trash: Household Edition, Pt. 2

A few weeks ago on Let’s Talk Trash, we talked about some common household materials that can and can’t be recycled. Since there were so many household materials, we had to make a second post! Check out the list below to see more common household materials and to find out whether they can or can’t…

Let’s Talk Trash: Living Environmentally-Friendly as a College Student 

In recent years, more and more people have started to realize the importance of living green. However, it can be difficult to live an eco-friendly lifestyle as a college student. If you are passionate about the environment but are finding it difficult to make environmentally-friendly choices on Ball State’s campus, read on for some helpful…

Let’s Talk Trash: Household Edition, Pt. 1

Household items are some of the most common materials recycled, but there are many different kinds of items and it can be difficult to know what is recyclable and what is not. Because we have so many items and materials to cover, we’ll be splitting the Let’s Talk Trash: Household Edition into two posts. Follow…